The Common Good

Common GoodA commitment to the common good isn’t just about giving back. It’s about looking forward and connecting who you are and what you can do to a greater purpose. We all want to live in a better world, but it’s not always clear where to start.

You will soon find that a Bowdoin education gives you the tools to start making changes in—and being changed by—the world at your door. You’ll discover professors who expand your ways of thinking and highly original courses that examine basic human challenges across cultures, genders, and generations.

Community-based courses and research can connect you with local agencies that will partner with you on real-world work. Leadership development programs will support you as you hone your citizenship skills in your own backyard or halfway around the world. Most importantly, you’ll have the example of hundreds of Bowdoin students who volunteer each week. You’ll see them organizing around recycling projects, human rights issues, campus matters and community needs — or taking on the world through service projects around the globe.

The Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good

The Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good is a hub of resources and programs located at the heart of campus, in Banister Hall. It’s a place of openness and activity, where students, faculty, and staff can come together to address important issues through community-based teaching, learning, research, and service. Appointed Faculty Fellows help shape the educational vision of the McKeen Center and connect its goals to the academic program, while student leaders help align its activities with issues that are most current and compelling to student interests.

The Center works with over 200 local, national, and international partner organizations, to offer opportunities for you to discover or deepen your talents, passions, and ideas for the benefit of society. Learn more.